Want to improve your confidence with cosmetic treatments? Forget going under the knife. Here are 10 non-surgical cosmetic procedures to consider.
Almost 75% of women are unhappy with their looks. While this might say more about our culture than anything else, the fact remains that insecurity with your appearance will reduce your confidence, self-esteem, and happiness.
If you’re one of those women who is unhappy with your looks, you do have options to boost your confidence and make you feel beautiful. Try exercise to increase feel-good hormones and get in shape. Focus on the positives in your life and know that looks aren’t everything.
But, if you still want to pamper yourself and get something done to feel more beautiful, consider some non-surgical cosmetic procedures. While these won’t fix a self-esteem issue, they can improve parts of your appearance that you might be feeling insecure about.
Non-surgical procedures can make you feel beautiful and taken care of without the commitment and seriousness of going under the knife. The 10 we’re about to go over can help with everything from skincare to physical appearance to body fat, so keep reading to learn more.
Most people have either had a facial or heard of one: they’re a spa staple along with being a common cosmetic technique. One of the best things about facials is that they combine a relaxing treatment with an effective one.
You’ll get to lay back and have your face massaged and worked on in a spa-like environment, which many people find relaxing and use as a stress reliever. But facials also have great cosmetic benefits for your skin. They can:
- Reduce acne
- Eliminate blackheads
- Moisturize dry skin
- Give you rejuvenated looking skin
You can go for a classic facial to get all of these results. But there’s also another type of facial called a “laser facial.” This type of treatment is a painless procedure, despite the scary word “laser” in the name.
Along with classic facial techniques, a laser facial uses a specialized laser on parts of your face to minimize pore size, brighten your face, and eliminate superficial spots.
- Chemical Peel
Like with the name “laser facial”, you might be a little scared by something called a “chemical peel”. However, this is a truly painless and simple procedure.
Our skin grows in layers. The layers on top are the ones exposed to the sun and sometimes have scarring, freckles, acne, wrinkles, etc. Underneath these top layers are brand new layers of skin that have a more youthful and fresh appearance.
Chemical peels work to help peel away the top layers and reveal the fresh, new layers of skin underneath. A chemical solution is applied to the skin. This solution will result in that chemical layer, and the skin, to peel away and exfoliate the top layers of skin.
Chemical peels can help with the following skin imperfections:
- Skin aging
- Crow’s feet
- Age spots
There are also different levels of intensity of chemical peels.
The “superficial peel” also called the “lunchtime peel” is the mildest type, so much so it can be done on your lunch break. This type of peel will give you a refreshed look and clear up minor imperfections.
If you want a more intense treatment, you could go for a medium or a deep peel.
- Lip Injections
For a few years, the bigger your lips were the better. It felt like everyone was getting lip injections and if you had thin lips, you weren’t following the trend.
While having huge artificial lips isn’t the trend anymore, getting lip injections done the right way is still a popular cosmetic procedure.
You don’t have to go all out to get the plumpest lips since Kylie Jenner had her fillers removed. But giving thinner lips a bit of depth and volume with injections is a simple procedure that can completely change your whole look.
- Botox Treatments
Botox is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments out there generating a whopping 2.45 billion dollars in revenue in 2015. This simple outpatient treatment does involve needles in your face or in the areas you’re addressing, so it might hurt a bit.
But the benefits outweigh this temporary pain for many people. Botox essentially freezes your muscles in place. This can help to eliminate wrinkles and give your face a smoother, more youthful appearance.
This isn’t limited to your face, either. You can get botox injections in your neck, forehead, and other areas with wrinkles. You can also get botox injected in your armpits to reduce chronic sweating and in your back/neck for migraine relief.
The most well-known treatment for spot reducing fat is liposuction. However, liposuction is a serious surgical procedure, which many people are wary of committing to.
If you’re having trouble losing fat or have large fat deposits in certain areas, you can try the CoolSculpting technique to eliminate that fat. While this method can’t target huge areas of fat like liposuction can, it’s able to effectively target smaller problem areas like belly fat, a “double chin”, hip fat, etc.
The administrator of this technique will use specialized paddles over the areas you’re trying to treat. The paddles suction your skin while also using freezing technology to freeze and kill the fat cells under your skin. The administrator will then massage the area to break up the dead fat cells so the body can naturally eliminate them.
This technique will take several sessions and several months to show results. Remember, the best way to eliminate fat is through exercise and healthy eating. But if you want a little extra help, you can give CoolSculpting a try.
Microblading is a type of skin-tattooing that can shape your eyebrows or hairline. This isn’t a permanent tattoo and it isn’t the same as going to a tattoo shop. Microblading uses specialized needles and pigmented ink to perfectly shape your brows and/or hairline how you like.
The best part about this technique is that it can last from 1 to 3 years total. Going in a few times to have this done will last you potentially years, which can save you money if you’ve been getting weekly eyebrow threading/plucking to get those perfect brows.
- Laser Hair Therapy
Are you experiencing hair loss? You’re not alone: two-thirds of men experience some sort of hair loss by their mid-30s, and 40% of women have hair loss or thinning by their 40s.
If you’ve tried all the special shampoos and treatments to no avail, consider laser hair therapy. This technique uses low-level laser light treatments to stimulate hair follicles and improve hair growth in those with thinning hair or with hair loss. It’s even been shown to regrow hair and rejuvenate hair in those with hair loss.
Read more here about this type of therapy if you’re interested. Laser therapy can also be used to treat dermatitis, aches/pains, inflammation, and more.
- Non-Surgical Nose Job
So you want a surgery without having to get surgery. For most things, this is impossible: if you need heart surgery, then surgery is your only option.
But with the nose job, it’s possible. A non-surgical nose job uses fillers and injectable materials in order to shape your nose instead of going in for a traditional rhinoplasty.
This can’t make your nose smaller, but it can help with symmetry issues and with smoothing out any bumps. While this isn’t permanent, it’s often preferred to intensive surgery and can be touched up when the effects wear away with time.
Cryotherapy is often used by athletes and chronic pain patients to help muscles and reduce inflammation. But not many people know that it also has cosmetic benefits like:
- Treating skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and more
- Burning extra calories (potentially helps with weight loss)
- Improves sleep (which can reduce eye bags, tired look, etc)
What is cryotherapy, exactly? Essentially, it involves you entering a cold chamber for up to 4 minutes. And by cold, we mean cold. Like sub-zero temperatures cold.
It’s thought that the cold temperature stimulates your blood and blood vessels. It causes your blood to rush to the surface of your skin, which can help bring oxygen and nutrients to those areas and lead to skin improvements and a rosy glow.
It’s also thought that this can stimulate the collagen in your skin and reduce inflammation, which gives your skin a healthier and stronger appearance.
Injections are a theme throughout this post (botox, lip injections, etc). Mesotherapy is another type of injection that can help give your skin nutrients and vitamins it needs to look its best.
Each mesotherapy treatment will be different in the details, but all mesotherapy treatments involve injecting different nutrients, enzymes, hormones, drugs, and compounds into your skin. These compounds can tighten your skin, make it look more youthful, and generally improve skin health.
10 Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures to Consider
Non-surgical cosmetic procedures are a low-commitment way you can improve upon some of your biggest insecurities. But remember that appearance isn’t everything, and getting even all of these things done won’t fix a self-esteem issue.
Be sure to take care of your mental health if you’re feeling stressed and not feeling confident. Try out some of these stress relieving techniques to reduce stress and improve your well being.